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“We want to be close to our clients and, by promoting high-quality Italian wine, we are endeavouring to spread our country’s culture.” Domenico, Francesco and Michele Zonin

ZONIN is one of the most important Italian wine producer and also one of the foremost worldwide. It distributes and markets still and sparkling wines under the Zonin label as well as those of the family’s nine Estates.

Inspired by the principle “each region has its own traditions, each region has its own wines” the Zonin family, since the end of the 1960s, has been selecting outstanding terroirs, bringing ZONIN1821 to its present area under vine of around 2.000 hectares, supervised by a team of 32 oenologists and agronomists. These make up 9 Estates situated in Italy’s 7 finest wine region, as well as a property in the United States, Barboursville Vineyards in Virginia.

The Zonin Family, since the end of the 1960s, has been selecting outstanding terroirs, bringing ZONIN1821 to its present area under vine of around 2.000 hectares, supervised by a team of 32 oenologists and agronomists. These make up 9 Estates situated in Italy’s 7 finest wine region, as well as a property in the United States, Barboursville Vineyards in Virginia.

Different production areas, each with its own specific terroir and its own peculiarities in terms of climate and morphology, the experience and professionalism of its agronomists and oenologists and the choice of dynamic business strategies: these are the most important values on which the company’s philosophy is based.

The family.

A passion for the land and a love of vines and for wine that dates back over seven generations.

That of the Zonins is a story that goes back for almost two centuries, passed on through seven generations. It has its roots in Gambellara, in the heart of the Veneto, in a area that is ideal for producing fine wines. The President, Domenico Zonin, together with his brothers Francesco and Michele is now entrusted with the task of carrying on the success of the family business, maintaining – with a vision that is contemporary

The history

That of the Zonin family is a story that encompasses seven generations with links to viticulture. It began in Gambellara, in the Province of Vicenza, where grapes have been cultivated since Roman times and whose highly-prized wines were consumed at the court of the Doges of Venice.

Ever since 1821 the Zonin family has been linked with the cultivation of vines and the production of wine, but it was in 1921 that a real revolution began: 'Commendatore' Domenico Zonin set about developing his family’s lands and vineyards, thus creating ZONIN1821.

At the beginning of the 1960s there was another major turning point: Domenico - whose life straddled three centuries and two millennia (1899 - 2001) - was joined in the company by his nephew Gianni, who became President of the company in 1967 (til the 2016). The young President immediately set himself the goal of creating a world made up of vineyards and estates situated in Italy’s best quality Regions for wine production, so as to be able to guarantee the quality of the grapes and of the wine through direct and total control of the whole production process.

point: Domenico - whose life straddled three centuries and two millennia (1899 - 2001) - was joined in the company by his nephew Gianni, who became President of the company in 1967 (til the 2016). The young President immediately set himself the goal of creating a world made up of vineyards and estates situated in Italy’s best quality Regions for wine production, so as to be able to guarantee the quality of the grapes and of the wine through direct and total control of the whole production process.

The Zonin Family dream started to become a reality in 1970, with the acquisition of Ca’ Bolani Estate, in Friuli, the most famous Italian wine Region in the production of outstanding white wines.

 

Subsequently the collection of wine estates was enriched with the purchase of other gems: first Castello d’Albola (1979), which epitomizes the unmistakable aristocratic charm of Chianti Classico.

The following year Abbazia Monte Oliveto, a wine farm in San Gimignano, the homeland of Vernaccia, also became an integral part of this great project.

The family’s vineyard holdings then spread to Piedmont with the acquisition of Castello del Poggio (1985), in the very best area for the production of Asti and Barbera, and to Lombardy with the annexation of Tenuta Il Bosco (1987), a wine estate situated in the Oltrepò Pavese, a classic region for the legendary Pinot Nero.

then spread to Piedmont with the acquisition of Castello del Poggio (1985), in the very best area for the production of Asti and Barbera, and to Lombardy with the annexation of Tenuta Il Bosco (1987), a wine estate situated in the Oltrepò Pavese, a classic region for the legendary Pinot Nero.

Constantly on the lookout for new terroirs and indigenous vine varieties, in the 1990s the Zonin Family identified the South of Italy as the ideal area in which to produce the great wines of the future: he bought Feudo Principi di Butera (1997) on the wonderful island of Sicily and Masseria Altemura (2000) in the Salento Peninsula, in Puglia. He was also enthralled by an enchanting spot lying between the Mediterranean scrubland – lapped by the waves of the Ionian Sea – and the metal-bearing hills, and so he returned for the third time to Tuscany in order to purchase the Rocca di Montemassi (1999) and give a new impetus to the outstanding quality potential of the Maremma.

Ionian Sea – and the metal-bearing hills, and so he returned for the third time to Tuscany in order to purchase the Rocca di Montemassi (1999) and give a new impetus to the outstanding quality potential of the Maremma.

The Zonin Family was also the pioneer of top-quality viticulture on the East Coast of the United States. In 1976, he bought the Barboursville Vineyards estate, thus realizing the dream of American President Thomas Jefferson who maintained that Virginia could produce world-class wines.

 

Sustainability

Today, alongside the three fundamental strengths on which ZONIN1821 is based – the tradition of a long history; the innovation guaranteed by a constant quest for higher quality in the vineyard, in the winery, in the marketing and sales departments; the size and quality of Italy’s largest privately-owned vineyard holding in the country’s finest wine-producing regions – one should also consider the company’s attention towards practising an increasingly ecologically sustainable viticulture. Indeed, ZONIN1821, by operating strategies and production techniques that are decidedly 'green', is perfecting an integrated process that keeps three fundamental factors in mind: every action that is put into effect must be safe for

is put into effect must be safe for the environment, socially equitable and feasible from a financial point of view. Since 2008 ZONIN1821 has been working to reach specific important goals through a better management of key elements such as water, soil, terroir and energy.

Water resources
In Sicily at Feudo Principi di Butera and in Puglia at Masseria Altemura, for instance, water has always been a precious commodity, and even more so in particularly dry years, when even vines require emergency irrigation. ZONIN1821 has therefore created, wherever possible, artificial lakes within these properties, in order to collect rain water and make the estates self-sufficient in regard to its water needs, without having having to resort to the aquifers. Having water available does not, however, prevent the technical team from making only sparing use of it: monitoring the state of hydration of the vines using a pressure chamber allows them to use water for irrigation only when it is absolutely necessary for preventing stress in the plants.

having to resort to the aquifers. Having water available does not, however, prevent the technical team from making only sparing use of it: monitoring the state of hydration of the vines using a pressure chamber allows them to use water for irrigation only when it is absolutely necessary for preventing stress in the plants.

Reduction of CO2 emissions
To break down the impact in viticulture, ZONIN1821 has reintroduced (at Rocca di Montemassi in the Maremma and at Castello d’Albola in Chianti Classico) the traditional natural fertilizer known as 'green manure' using leguminous and graminaceous essences instead of mineral fertilizers in order to give the soil those elements which the vine needs for nourishment. The multi-functionality of the agricultural equipment used on the family’s Estates, moreover, also helps reducing the number of times one has to go through the vineyard during the growing season.

multi-functionality of the agricultural equipment used on the family’s Estates, moreover, also helps reducing the number of times one has to go through the vineyard during the growing season.

Biodiversity and reforestation
Within the 4000 or so hectares of land owned by the Zonin family, there are 715 hectares of woodland that guarantee the fixation of over 5700 tons of CO2 each year. Biodiversity is also protected by means of operations that have been carried out particularly at the Rocca di Montemassi Estate in the Maremma, where ZONIN1821 has preserved the typical Mediterranean scrubland made up of olive trees and cork oaks and, at the same time, has replanted woodland and shrubs of broom, arbutus and mimosa, making the area both a haven for the local flora and fauna as well as a particularly beautiful landscape.

making the area both a haven for the local flora and fauna as well as a particularly beautiful landscape.

Energy resources
The Zonin family’s Estates are aiming to become completely self-sufficient from an energy point of view. Even now they produce up to 44% of their individual needs by resorting to ('clean') solar energy, as in the case of the Il Bosco Estate in Oltrepò Pavese and Castello del Poggio in the Monferrato zone. The Estates are situated in particularly attractive landscapes, so the panels have been positioned on the roofs of farm buildings or of the wineries in order to almost totally reduce their visual impact.